Carlos Sainz reveals mind-expanding plan to pass the time in coronavirus lockdown

Carlos Sainz Jr, McLaren, talks to engineers

Everyone is doing their best to cope during the coronavirus lockdown, some by binging Netflix shows, some by treating themselves to their favourite foods, while others have decided to try to learn a new skill or improve their mind – and Carlos Sainz is no different.

The Spanish racer says he wants to learn more about the inner workings of his F1 car while the season is on hold – and he has already decided on the perfect teacher: his own McLaren race engineer.

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He said: “I had an idea recently that I would like to take an online engineering class with my engineer Tom Stallard. I would like to know a bit better how some parts of a Formula 1 car work a bit more specifically, a bit more technically.”

BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 28: Carlos Sainz of Spain driving the (55) McLaren F1 Team MCL35

Sainz wants to better understand his McLaren race car

“I don't know how it would work online but I think it would work well, at least it will keep me busy and I will use it as something to improve my understanding of a Formula 1 car.”

But Sainz's thirst for knowledge doesn't stop there – he says he also wants to learn more about economics, something his rallying legend father has been helping with.

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“I want to start understanding economics better, and the stock market, and I’ve been having chats with my dad and the people who help him out with his investments,” he continued.

And there’s nothing like a bit of spring cleaning to keep those hands busy.

Carlos Sainz, McLaren, in his own words

“Also I did a full clean of my wardrobe… and tried to donate those clothes to some organisations or the church because I had an awful lot of [clothes] that I didn’t use.”

Of course, he’s keeping himself fit with ‘essential’ workout plans during the outbreak – but he’s also helping his family to stay healthy.

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“Now I’m ‘Coach Carlos’… with the help of [personal trainer] Rupert Manwaring, I’m trying to coach my family in some diets and training plans and keeping them motivated – as you know sports puts you in a good mood and gives endorphins, and I think it keeps us all happy and entertained.”

And if that fails, they could always watch a rerun of his sensational maiden podium appearance from last season...

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